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Although most people don’t need an excuse to get together with their friends and drink copious amounts of beer while eating delicious grilled foods, when the fall air turns crisp and chilly, turn your thoughts to planning an Oktoberfest party and celebrate your Germen heritage-or at least your love of good food and good friends! 

While the original Oktoberfest celebrated in Munich, Germany, is a sixteen-day celebration from late September through mid-October that attracts millions of people from around the world, your own celebration doesn’t have to be nearly as elaborate.  Pick a Saturday in October to host your event and send out your personalized Oktoberfest invitations letting everyone know when your party is taking place.  Since the traditional colors of Oktoberfest are light blue and white, the colors of the flag of Bavaria, Germany, flag, choose invitations and Oktoberfest party supplies in the same colors to coordinate with your Oktoberfest theme. 

Hopefully the weather will cooperate for your Oktoberfest party, allowing you to have the party outside!  Set up your party space like a traditional German beer hall with long wooden tables and benches for your guests to eat at.  Cover your tables with Oktoberfest table runners and set out coordinating plates, cups, and plenty of napkins to wipe off those greasy fingers!  For fun yet simple centerpieces, fill beer mugs with fresh flowers in white and blue and scatter small pretzels around the base.  Or, use one of our fun Oktoberfest centerpieces to complete your table decorations!  Drape your railings with blue and white satin buntings and hang Oktoberfest spirals from the tree branches to complete your decorations! 

Once you’ve got your Oktoberfest party decorations completed, it’s time to turn your attention to your Oktoberfest menu.  Heavy German beers are of course the beverage of choice, but you’ll want to have plenty of non-alcoholic choices available as well.  Root beer, bottled water, lemonade, and punch are good choices.  When you’re planning out your beer selection for the party, seek help at the local liquor store.  Many have a large selection of beers and allow you to mix and match, creating your own varieties of beers.  And the sales associates will be more than happy to help you pick German beers that will be perfect for your party!  Another fun options, that will also help you cut down on costs, is to ask guests to each bring a six-pack of beer to share.  This will give you a great variety of beers to sample and may introduce you and your guests to some new favorites! 

Be ready to fire up the grill for your Oktoberfest party!  Stock up on a variety of sausages, including bratwurst, weiner schnitzel, kielbasa, and Frankfurters.  All of these can be prepared on the grill and will make your yard smell divine!  Or, if you want a little variety for your main dish, you can serve roast pork and chicken as well as your sausages.  And of course you’ll need the traditional side dishes of potato salad, sauerkraut, red cabbage and apple salad, bread and apple butter, and potato dumplings to serve with your sausages!  Soft pretzels with hot mustard or cheese dip are also a yummy German staple that everyone loves.  For dessert, serve up a delectable Black Forest cake, apple strudel, German chocolate cake, or apple coffee cake. 

You’ll want some festive music to keep your guests’ toes tapping as they enjoy their food and drink at your Oktoberfest party, so put together a mix of polkas, waltzes, and other traditional German songs to play during your party.  Don’t be surprised if once your guests have had a few drinks they get out on the dance floor and try to master those dances! 

Throwing an Oktoberfest party is a great way to celebrate the start of fall and once you’ve had one Oktoberfest party, your friends will be begging you to make it an annual event!  So pull up your lederhosen and get ready for a beer-guzzling, sausage-eating, chicken dancing-good time! 

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